16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

16 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Vietnam trip itinerary planner

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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ho Chi Minh City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hue
— 1 night
Drive
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Hoi An
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hanoi
— 3 nights
Bus to Ha Long, Ferry to Halong Bay
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Halong Bay
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Bai Chay, Drive to Tuan Chau Island Marina, Fly to Riyadh

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Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

— 3 nights
A holiday in Duong Dong offers cultural diversity, great nature experiences, and a variety of educational and kid-friendly attractions.
Duong Dong is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at Phu Quoc Countryside, see what you can catch with Kien Giang Travel, make a trip to Cao Dai Temple, and contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong sightseeing planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Duong Dong is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Duong Dong is 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ho Chi Minh City

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Hoi Khanh Pagoda, then don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, and then examine the collection at Drink Vietnam. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, ponder the world of politics at Central Post Office, ponder the world of politics at The Independence Palace, get engrossed in the history at War Remnants Museum, then hunt for treasures at Ben Thanh Market, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip tool.

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

— 2 nights
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Phong Nha Caves, then admire the natural beauty at Phong Nha Botanic Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at The Duck Stop. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hue

— 1 night
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Imperial City, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hue trip planner.

Drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Hue sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites

Hoi An

— 2 nights
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, take in the awesome beauty at The Marble Mountains, and then make a trip to Hoi An Ancient Town. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, then stop by Da Bao Real Leather, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoi An day trip planning site.

Getting from Hue to Hoi An by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hoi An can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Hanoi

— 3 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Hanoi is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter, explore the activities along Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), look for gifts at The Craft House Old Quarter - Souvenirs & Gifts Shop, and browse the handmade items at Authentic Bat Trang.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanoi day trip site.

Getting from Hoi An to Hanoi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

Halong Bay

— 2 nights
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the activities along Bai Tu Long Bay and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Halong Bay day trip site.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, car, and ferry. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.